Ataraxie
L Etre et La Nausee


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kunal Choksi USER (24 Reviews)
December 14th, 2013 | 12 replies


Release Date: 09/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Immense

‘Slow Transcending Agony’ was a beautiful album, a mixture of heaviness and melodies, Death/Doom that owed albeit too much to the UK Doom masters My Dying Bride, Anathema and Paradise Lost. My Dying Bride remains a prominent influence on the band, even after it turned heavier and slower, like Funeral Death/Doom on ‘Anhedonie’. It was a tough beast, the tough got it, the others like me went back to the band’s sublime debut. Five years later, Ataraxie comes out with a massive double disc album titled ‘L'Être et la Nausée’. Several listens on, I’m still digesting it.

The band is now more convinced of its direction, it’s sounding in control, it’s determined. In its Death Metal mode, it’s truly Death Metal – crushing, fast and well, obliterating. I couldn’t help but detect an undercurrent of Black Metal even during such parts, and that adds to the appeal. You don’t want just another Death Metal band or a generic part for that matter into music that is trying to do something different. That’s what I like about this album – it’s evolving, doing something ambitious. Indeed there are comparisons to its other band Funeralium and those aren’t unwarranted. It’s not all Bethlehemic like the other band, it’s still rooted in Death/Doom, but there are hardly any melodies – at least not as apparent as on the band’s debut. It’s most comparable to the recent Worship output, but that’s too morose and like swallowing ball bearings.

‘L'Être et la Nausée’ has a vision and it’s not satisfied easily. It takes two discs to make its point and not all of them are filled with the sounds of anguish and dread. Disc one has all but three songs, all different in nature, but all of them are epic and meaningful. Getting their point is quite time consuming and immersive, and that’s something that best describes this band – immersive. It’s not easy to have you hooked on to something that’s minimalist, multi-faceted but not schizophrenic like Disembowelment even though there are such cathartic moments, beggaring belief. Disc two has two songs only, again not altogether removed from the band’s sound, but offering something slightly different but going on to make a statement of its own. That’s the best explanation I can give to this idea of having two disc editions of one album – it’s only about five minutes longer than an average CD length.

Ataraxie has produced something of immense value. Fans of plodding, suspenseful or despair-ridden Doom will find it palatable, others will have to be more patient. Thankfully it’s broader in its scope, venturing other styles old and new in its own vision, and creating something that’s crafted with utmost attention to detail.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2013


19756 Comments


we meet again.

Pretty good review...no need to capitalize genres like doom and black metal though

have a pos. Try to spread out your reviews more though cause people will bitch about posting more than 1 review a day

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HallucinatingDeath
December 14th 2013


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reading brother! Cheers!

KILL
December 15th 2013


71782 Comments


check saint vitus dudes

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A couple of pointers, nice read though.

‘Slow Transcending Agony’ was a beautiful album


It's still an album, it never ceased being one. Check your tense.

a mixture of heaviness and melodies, Death/Doom that owed albeit too much to the UK Doom masters My Dying Bride, Anathema and Paradise Lost.


An album that mixes heaviness, melody death/doom metal that owed...

Those commas are unnecessary, genre tags don't need capitalization.

that owed albeit too much to the UK Doom


Choppy wording, you spend too much time getting to where you're going.


This is just the first section, the entire of the review is filled with the above. Try reading your review aloud and you'll discover where it's choppy - or doesn't make sense.

Tyrael
December 15th 2013


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

metal aoty hard

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes it is : ]

Tyrael
December 15th 2013


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It better be up there on the staff/contrib list! (Oh who am I kidding, predicting a list with 5 metal albums max and this won't be on there)



NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Does my personal list count lol?

Tyrael
December 15th 2013


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yea that was fine

would have liked to see a bit more pm but yea

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sorry, the pm was a bit underwhelming this year.

Tyrael
December 15th 2013


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well we were really spoiled last year but you're overreacting imo

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2013


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think so, maybe it will kick up again next year.



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